By Thomas G. Farrell Jr.
Tom MacDonald, who coached baseball and football for decades at Stonehill and was one in the second graduating classes here, died Sept. 15. He was 83 years old.
Known as “Coach Mac,” MacDonald was involved with the baseball and boxing teams as a student then later baseball and football as a coach.
“I’ve never met somebody who was more proud of this institution. He had a wealth of information, a wealth of knowledge, but most importantly was the love of this place. He was a good friend who cared deeply about this place. Coach Mac is going to be missed,” Athletic Director, Brendan J. Sullivan said.
MacDonald was inducted into the Stonehill Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 after providing assistance to the football and baseball teams. He was heavily involved with the football team until his death.
“Coach Mac had an impact on not only the football program, but this college. He constantly sent kids to admissions and just wanted to get good people to go to Stonehill. It had a special place in his heart. He engaged with the students and would talk to their parents. Coach Mac is definitely going to be missed. There aren’t too many people around that care about this college as much as he does,” Robert Talley, head football coach, said.
MacDonald was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts but had lived in Nashua, New Hampshire for the past 26 years. He is survived by his wife Diane (Atkins) MacDonald, seven children, five grandchildren, and great-granddaughter.
“You can tell as soon as you met him how passionate he was about the college and the athletics department as a whole, it wasn’t just football. He was just a great ambassador for the school itself and what it stood for. He was so lively about what this place stood for. Coach Mac was truly dedicated to what we were about,” Assistant Football Coach Eli Gardner said. “He will be sorely missed. The best thing we can do is honor his spirit by representing the school in a way he would be proud of.”